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  • Renee: CEO Coach & Management Specialist 11:44 pm on July 25, 2010 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: copyright, , , , , invention, inventor, patent, , , trademark   

    Should You Patent Or Trademark Your Idea? 

    Should you patent or trademark your idea or invention? At first when you are inventing things and coming up with ideas, getting a patent may not come to mind at first. Since you’ve got a great idea, product, service, process, business etc… And you want to put it out there for all the world to see. Then you’ve got to ensure that nobody else uses it or claims your idea. So therefore, you go & get a patent or trademark.

    In case you didn’t know a patent is a type of copyright granted from the federal government as a fixed-term monopoly to an inventor to prevent others from copying an invention or improvement to a product or process.

    So what are you working on or trying to invent? Many people come up with all sorts ideas and inventions. So if you feel like what you’re trying to invent or working on is going to be something simply different or revolutionary, why not seek ways to get a patent?

    When you file for a regular patent or trademark usually means that you’ve done your research, you’ve got your plans & invention together & you know that your product will sell, earn profits or be of some use on the market. If you aren’t sure about how well your product will do on the market then file a provisional patent. Filing a provisional patent gives an inventor time to fine-tune their product to meet the requirements of customers and the market. This still gives you ( the inventor) protection against your competitors. If you can’t do it on your own then seek the help of a patent or trademark attorney.

    Some people invent products to make money, change things etc… Some people don’t seem to realize that getting a patent can give their ideas or invention some protection. Depending on what you’re working on, you don’t want too many people to know about your idea until it’s finished or you have a patent for it. Because so many people steal inventions & ideas. Even when you do have a trademark or patent, some people will still try to copy & create knock-offs, similar products to yours. So whomever is the first to get their patent approved then they would be considered to be the 1st inventor or creator of said product. If you disagree & you feel like you were the first to invent a certain product or idea, you can always challenge that person in court or through the USA patent/ trademark office.

    That’s why you have to be careful about who you tell your ideas to & who you let help you. Depending on your idea, product or service, getting a patent or trademark for it could be highly important. If you need outsourced manufacturing, buyers or a license, it’s good to have a trademark or patent. Some manufacturers won’t help you if you don’t have a patent, trademark or if you haven’t applied for one. That’s something to think about. Sometimes for certain products, if you don’t get a patent & someone creates the same or similar product to yours, it could be hard to tell who the original creator is. Situations like that can create many legal battles. That’s something that you should try to avoid. Check out the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO):http://www.uspto.gov/

    If you strongly believe that you have a good idea to patent or trademark, then file your papers with the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO): http://www.uspto.gov/ . But first do research on the pros & cons of filing a patent or trademark. Also do research to make sure no one else has a patent for your idea. Then file your papers to protect your invention.

     
    • Outsourcing Philippines 1:13 am on August 23, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      Especially if the idea or invention you made is not easy. we should be very careful to that putting a trademark really important.

  • Renee: CEO Coach & Management Specialist 1:11 pm on July 18, 2010 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: abilities, , , dna, , , genes, ,   

    Do Genes Help You Become An Entrepreneur? 

    There can be much debate as to if genes play a major or minor part in someone becoming an entrepreneur. You could say that entrepreneurs are born but developed. Your innate skills or the skills that you learn have to be nurtured or developed to better enhance or bring out what’s already in you. Some would say that it’s your environment that helps you decide whether or not to become an entrepreneur. Your environments such as home, school, friends, family, work, social, certain events or moments in your life etc….

    • But the question is do genes help?
    • Do genes or environment make you a better entrepreneur or do they just aid in the process?

    You could say that it stems from both and sometimes one over the other. Being an entrepreneur could be learned & developed. But how well you learn stems from your genes. Genes play a big part in how good you become as an entrepreneur. Everyone has a talent but everyone isn’t capable of being an entrepreneur. Genes play a big part in your abilities but you have to have a nurturing, cultivating environment to go along with them. The genes give you your abilities to think, act, do, how well you learn, optimism, determination etc….

    Entrepreneurship is first and foremost a mindset. Your genes play a big part in your mindset. Sometimes hard times or a non-nurturing environment can bring out some great entrepreneurs. Sometimes in situations like that, a person had that entrepreneurial gene already in them. It’s not really an “entrepreneurial gene” per se, but I mean that ability, skills, knowledge, drive, determination, will power etc…, to be an entrepreneur.

    Entrepreneurs possess innate personal qualities that distinguish them from others. Entrepreneurs have certain characteristics, behaviors, values, attitudes etc… That stems from your genes. Many people have that entrepreneurial ability already instilled in them which can be developed even more. For others it could be worked on, developed or learned. But honestly…do you have it in you? It’s not just the environment that you grew up in but also business, school, social & working environments which could help you to uncover what’s already in you. Being a entrepreneur can be great. But becoming an entrepreneur depends on whether you have the skills to be one and if you decide to take on that role. Honestly for an entrepreneur, you either got it or you don’t.

     
    • taufan 11:40 pm on July 18, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      thank, good writing for similiar Genes with An Entrepreneur

    • Richard 8:01 am on July 26, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      Most of what you have to say I believe is true but I think you can also be a entrepreneur without having the gene but it’s going to take a lot more work to become the success you want to be.

      • Clerical Business Solutions 11:14 pm on July 26, 2010 Permalink | Reply

        Hi Richard,

        It does take a lot of work to become an entrepreneur, especially a great one. Some people have the will power but not the knowledge or skills to go through with it. But don’t you think that genes or your dna determine your abilities? Some people want to be an entrepreneur but they just aren’t cut out for it no matter how much training that they may have or get.

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    • Peter Boston 5:42 pm on October 20, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      I’m inclined to agree that you are either born with it or you’re not. I have found that many people looking to start an online business got their knowledge from the school of experience and hard knocks, and almost never from a formal business course.

    • Gene Perez 1:36 am on November 16, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      i think to some degree it does its like anything some people are born with higher IQ and some with better physical attributes does not mean that just because you are smarter that you can apply your knowledge just that you may have an edge over someone else or others… commercial loans

    • Andrew Handley 9:31 pm on April 21, 2011 Permalink | Reply

      I’m with the school that you have to be born with it. Some people just don’t have what it takes to break out of the mold. I used to work at a call center for example. Before I started my business I left the call center to work as a freelance writer. I would still hang out with my old friends from work, and they were still bitching and whining about how they hate their job. I said “guys, look! You can do what I do. There’s other options too, you don’t have to keep working at that crappy job.”

      Their responses? “No, no, now’s not the right time, maybe in a few months once I get some money saved up.” A few months later? Same old complaints. I stopped trying

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